Everything you need to know about the Saudi Arabia-Canada fallout

A tweet that appeared while the dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia developed

A tweet that appeared while the dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia developed

According to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Canada exported $1.45 billion worth of products to Saudi Arabia in 2017, with about half in the category of vehicles and equipment at $760 million.

A Saudi Arabian youth organization is apologizing after after posting an image on Twitter appearing to show an Air Canada plane heading toward the CN Tower in a way that is reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.

In its first response to the row, the Canadian foreign ministry said: "we are seriously concerned by these media reports and are seeking greater clarity on the recent statement from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

The ministry said it ordered the owner of the account to shut it down while investigations are completed.

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On Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said there was "nothing new or novel" about Canada's long-standing position on human rights around the world, and that Ottawa will await more details from the kingdom before responding further.

Some analysts perceive the move as both a power play for the kingdom's emerging young leader and a demonstration put on for the benefit of countries with stronger ties to Saudi Arabia than Canada.

We consider the Canadian ambassador to the kingdom persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours, ' the Saudi foreign ministry tweeted early Monday.

According to Thompson Rivers University figures, there are 2,839 worldwide students enrolled, nine per cent of which - 256 - are from Saudi Arabia, which makes up the third-most contingent of students at TRU, behind India (22 per cent; 625 students) and China (30 per cent; 852 students).

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Badawi's wife Ensaf Haidar has been granted asylum by Canada, where she is raising their three children.

Momani called it, "getting tough on Canada", which she said other countries in the region might welcome if they view Canadian foreign policy to be led by human rights concerns.

But Riyadh's singling out of Canada is aimed at strongly discouraging other critical Western governments from speaking out, observers say. At jeopardy are the. thousands of Saudi students in Canada'.

When asked about the contract, Freeland said the government "looks forward" to hearing from Riyadh about the future of the deal.

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